Mosley, a KSR founding father, once had a feature entitled “Know Your Enemy” in order for UK fans to be fully informed about their next opponent. While Mosley has moved on to bigger and better things, our enemies continue to be part of our life. I want to keep us prepared on a game-by-game basis.
“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare
We are now in a unique part of the year where we here at Know Your Enemy are having to pull double duty for basketball and football. Sometimes we even have more than one basketball game in a week. We are thinking about hiring an intern, so send your resumes in. Requirements include being a UK fan and being able to make jokes that occasionally make readers cringe or say things like “that was too soon.” Requirements do not include knowing much about the actual teams we are playing, just that you have the ability to google search them.
We have a basketball game tonight and a football game tomorrow. The basketball team plays the Pennsylvania version of Lafayette, not the high school in Lexington. I’m not sure which one would be the tougher game. The football team plays the Alabama version of Samford, not the one in the Pac-10.
We’ve got a lot to get to so get out your quill pen, ink, and scroll and let’s get to know our enemies shall we? Light a candle if needed.
Lafayette College is located in Easton, Pennsylvania. I have no idea if that is where the bats come from and I don’t care. It’s just the only Easton I was familiar with. Easton is equidistant from Philadelphia and New York City, so it has that going for itself. Which is nice.
Samford University is located in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham is known to me for three reasons:
1.) Michael Jordan
served an NBA gambling suspension there lived there while playing baseball for the Birmingham Barons, a minor league team.
2.) Birmingham is the home of the Birmingham Civic Center, the site of the first SEC Basketball tournament I ever attended in 1992. This was the weekend I became HOOKED on Kentucky basketball. Kentucky was not the favorite but they beat LSU in the semifinals after Shaq was suspended for the game for fighting the day before against Tennessee. Also, I’ll never forget the “THROW DALE OUT!!” chants aimed at LSU coach Dale Brown. Kentucky beat a good Alabama team in the finals and would go on to win 11 out of 19 SEC tournaments from 1993-2011.
3.) My sister in law Heather, who is about to give birth to my first niece Annabelle, went to school at Samford. I care more about Annabelle than the fact that Heather went to Samford. So does Heather.
Notable Lafayette Alumni:
Joe Maddon- The manager of your Tampa Bay
Devil Rays (if you’re a Rays fan) played football and baseball at Lafayette College. In 2008 Maddon led the Rays to the World Series, where they lost 4-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies. The series was on TV though no one can actually attest to it.
Ian Murray- The founder of Vineyard Vines apparel attended college at Lafayette. If you were not or are not currently in a fraternity, you probably have no idea what Vineyard Vines clothing is and that is perfectly fine. It’s very similar to Affliction, only completely the opposite. Let’s move on.
Notable Samford Alumni:
Cortland Finnegan- Before he started pissing off wide receivers and fighting them in the NFL, Cortland played football at Samford. After leaving my beloved Titans, he joined the Rams. It is said that you can still catch him looking around for Andre Johnson every few minutes.
Deidre Downs- A 2002 graduate of Samford University, Deidre was crowned Miss America in 2005. Here is a better look at this picture, closer up. Moving on.
Cheerleader Scouting Report:
When it comes to cheerleaders as a whole, Lafayette College has some of them. That’s about all I can say.
I didn’t expect to find a good picture of Samford’s cheerleaders. My expectations were met. Thank you google image search.
Lafayette Basketball History:
In 1957, Lafayette earned it’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. The next two came in 1999 and 2000. The biggest highlight for their basketball program since the 2000 NCAA tourney appearance was when a buzzer beater by Jim Mower against American University in the Patriot League tournament semifinals was featured as a “Top 10 Play” on SportsCenter. At Lafayette the bar is not set low for highlight qualification, there is no bar.
Samford Football History:
Samford plays in the Southern Conference in the FCS Division of NCAA football. Their history is fairly irrelevant. They’ve won some and lost some. Samford plays in Seibert Stadium, which has a capacity of 6,700. I hope this doesn’t come true, but they could find themselves a little underwhelmed by the crowd in Commonwealth on Saturday.
Fran O’Hanlon has been the basketball coach at Lafayette for 18 years. In a two year stretch from 1999-2000, he took Lafayette to two NCAA tournaments. In his two year at Kentucky, Billy Gillispie took UK to one. Fran>Billy. But that doesn’t take much.
The last thing I expected to read when I googled Samford football coach Pat Sullivan was that he won a Heisman Trophy in 1971. You can imagine my surprise when it was the first thing I read. He played quarterback for Auburn and then went on to play six seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and the Washington Redskins.
I would totally preview the players if I thought you hadn’t already stopped reading.
Kentucky should win both of these contests handily. Handily being the key word. The Cats will roll on the hardwood, but after watching Kentucky get beat 40-0 by Vanderbilt in person after I predicted a win, I don’t want to predict a blowout. I can’t put that voodoo on them again.
While the games won’t be very good, this is a good weekend to head to Lexington if you want a basketball-football double header. Considering the opponents are not of great quality, tickets should be plentiful. This is a great opportunity to check out a game at Rupp and to give Joker a respectful goodbye.